The Pride of Bangkok
Bangkok 's newest upmarket mall, Siam Paragon is a paradise for shoppers. Opened in December 2006 as Thailand's first mega-mall,the Siam Paragon proudly and elegantly stands in the center of Siam Square, adjacent to the Siam Discovery Center and with direct access from Siam Square Skytrain station.
This upmarket complex has something for everyone on its 6 floors, even those who hate shopping. In addition to its 300 + shopping outlets covering over 40,000 sq .meters of shopping space, Siam Paragon houses a 15 screen cinema, an opera house, exhibition area and a bowling alley.
In the basement lies a unique experience, the largest indoor aquarium in South East Asia – Siam Ocean World. The aquarium is well worth a visit and is a great outing for the family - it has over 300,000 aquatic creatures representing 400 species.
Shopping-wise, Siam Paragon is perhaps best known for it up-market brands and high-fashion boutiques like Channel, Gabbana and Dolce, Jimmy Choo, Hermès, Valentino, Gigorgio Armaniand Burberry.
The main fashion boutiques are found on the 1st floor, whilst the ground floor has a gourmet food center. Leisure and Lifestyle themed outlets can be found on the 2nd floor and Living and Technology on the 3rd. The 4th floor is home to IT World, and the upper floors, 5 and 6 house its vast entertainment complexes.
To entice male shoppers there is an interesting exotic car gallery with Ferraris, Lamborghinis and Porches. A huge food court hosts all the major food outlets you would expect,including MacDonald's and Pizza Hut. If you fancy something a bit more upmarket then try the 8,000 sq meter gourmet food center on the ground floor, and select from the gourmet menus of top Bangkok restaurants.
The complex also offers its shoppers a number of services such as Personal Stylists and Gift Advisors. For tourists, who can show their passport, a 5% Tourist Discount Card is issued from the Information Counter on the Mezzanine (M) floor.
7% VAT Refunds are also given to tourists on eligible purchases from the Paragon Department Store. The VAT refund counter on G Floor (North Zone) will advise you. A free delivery service within 24 hours is also available to Bangkok center hotels.
Getting there is simple. The Bangkok skytrain is probably the easiest and most direct. Siam Paragon is right at the foot of the Siam Square Station, just before National Stadium. If traveling by car then aim for the Siam Square Intersection and drive straight to the Pathumwan area. The Paragon is on your left. There is ample parking with 100,000 sq. meters of spaces for 4,000 cars.
If the delights of Siam Paragon are still not enough to tempt you then try the neighbouring Siam Discovery Center and Siam Center and opposite from Siam Square. The nearby MBK mall, very popular with Thai teenagers, is well known for its selection of electronic goods and cheap mobile phones and accessories.
An elevated walkway (of approximately 1 km) beneath the Bangkok Skytrain tracks links the complex to the Ratchaprasong intersection, where Gaysorn , Central World Plaza and lots of several other shopping malls and many hotels are located.
This vast glitzy shopping mall and entertainment complex is open between 10.30 and 22.00 daily.
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